The San Antonio Spurs battled the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. Who walked out of this preseason game the winner?
The San Antonio Spurs returned to the hardwood for their fourth game of the preseason. After facing two Western Conference teams (Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets), this game was against an Eastern Conference team, the Orlando Magic. It took place at the AT&T Center in the San Antonio, TX.
What went down in this game? Well, let’s start with the final score.
This marked the second preseason loss for the Spurs. The previous one came against the Kings in Game 1.
Let’s start with former Spur Jonathon Simmons. He signed with the Magic in the offseason, receiving a three-year contract. His first game against his old team was an impressive one, with 20 points and 10 assists on 7-for-15 shooting. If that was a preview of what he can do in full-time action, then this may be a loss the Spurs regret.
Simmons wasn’t the only Magic player to have a double-double. Aaron Gordon had 27 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 11-for-24 from the field. Elfrid Payton just missed a double-double, too, with 11 points and 9 assists.
As for the Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge showed up for another solid performance. He had 16 points and made another 3-pointer. Consistency is showing from behind the arch, which goes a long way toward San Antonio spacing the floor.
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Dejounte Murray received the start at point guard for the fourth straight game, which likely identifies who’s taking Tony Parker’s spot, for now. He had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and blocked 3 shots.
This was Rudy Gay’s first game off the bench, his potential role when Kawhi Leonard returns from injury. He had 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists in 20 minutes.
It was a poor 3-point shooting night for the Spurs. As a team, they shot just 5-for-16 from long distance. No player hit more than one outside shot, either.
Parker, Leonard, London Perrantes and Derrick White all didn’t play on Tuesday night. The former two are dealing with injuries.
The Spurs return for their final preseason game on Friday, Oct. 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET, against the Houston Rockets. It will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX and will be televised on TNT. That’s significant because none of the four Spurs preseason games have aired on TV. No, it’s not the Stone Age. Yes, it is 2017, when almost everything is broadcast on the small screen. So, this final preseason matchup will be one to anticipate.